Sam Wanamaker Playhouse Shakespeare’s Globe was built in 1997. This the only building in London to have a thatched roof after the Great Fire of London. The original building was built in 1599 before it burnt down in 1613 during a performance of Henry VIII, it was rebuilt in 1614.
Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate. Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, And summer’s lease hath all too short a date…
Open: 9:30am – 5 pm Tours depart every 30 minutes. The Exhibition & Tour is open every day except 24 & 25 December.
Swan Shakespeare’s Globe serves modern British seasonal food. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, Afternoon Tea or drinks with stunning views of the River Thames and St Paul’s Cathedral.
Open: breakfast (10 am weekends), Monday – Friday 12 pm – 2:30 pm & 6 pm – 10:30 pm, Saturday 12 pm – 3:30 pm & 6 pm – 10:30 pm, Sunday 12 pm – 9 pm.
Where is the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse? It is a 9 minute walk from London Bridge Station in zone 1. London Bridge serves the Jubilee, Northern lines.
What is nearby on foot? Tate Modern 4 mins, The Bankside Pier 4 mins, St Paul’s Cathedral 11 mins, London Eye 24 mins.
“Totus mundus agit histrionem” “The whole world is a playhouse” is inscribed in a crest above the main entrance.
Did you know? In the 1600’s women were not allowed acting roles and so all female parts were played by men. Different coloured flags hanging outside the Globe would let the public know what play was being performed. A red flag was a history, black flag was a tragedy and a white flag was a comedy. It was here that William Shakespeare (1564-1616) originally performed Romeo and Juliet, Othello, the Merchant of Venice and Hamlet.